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Decentralized control of cooperative robotic vehicles
Author(s): John T. Feddema; David Schoenwald
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes how decentralized control theory can be used to control multiple cooperative robotic vehicles. Models of cooperation are discussed and related to the input/output reachability and structural observability and controllability of the entire system. Whereas decentralized control research in the past has concentrated on using decentralized controllers to partition complex physically interconnected systems, this work uses decentralized methods to connect otherwise independent non-touching robotic vehicles so that they behave in a stable, coordinated fashion. A vector Liapunov method is used to prove stability of a single example: the controlled motion of multiple vehicles along a line. The results of this stability analysis have been implemented on two applications: a robotic perimeter surveillance system and self-healing minefield.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4364, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology III, (20 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.439973
Show Author Affiliations
John T. Feddema, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
David Schoenwald, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4364:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology III
Grant R. Gerhart; Chuck M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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